My Vegan Conversion Story

GoVeg.org had a home page with a challenge back in about 2006 to go vegetarian or vegan for a week, a month or 3 months (your choice. Oprah had talked about the challenge on her show. There was an article in my local paper about Oprah’s show, and a challenge to go to goveg.org and “take the challenge.” I did it for fun, but to also see whether it would be healthy for me. There were many options on the challenge website. I chose the easiest, which was the commitment and challenge to go vegetarian for a week. My depression and anxiety lifted. My body felt lighter. I was less constipated. I decided to go out a month. I decided if it had done this much in a week, it could do even more in a month!

Next, I read Alicia Silverstone’s “The Kind Diet.” I wanted to go vegan but was not used to being vegetarian yet. I decided when I was good at vegetarianism, I would take the next step, veganism. I figured out that tofu could be yummy.

2.5 years later, I decided to go vegan. It was not as hard as I had thought it would be. I decided I hated soy milk and soy cheese. I tried rice milk and rice tease and loved them. I learned about egg substitutes like ground flax seeds and applesauce.

The rest is history. 8.5 yrs. a vegan I credit to that challenge on Peta’s home page, a local paper guest columnist and Oprah’s talk show episode on the “goveg” challenge. I also give credit to “The Kind Diet,” by Alicia Silverstone.

For evey human, I recommend these documentaries from Netflix:

1) Food, Inc.

2) What the Health?

3) Forks Over Knives

4) Forks Over Knives: The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue